Census Bureau Says Error Narrows Margin for House Seat for Utah

Census Bureau Says Error Narrows Margin for House Seat for Utah

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(Washington-AP) -- The Census Bureau says it uncovered a 2000 population count error in North Carolina that narrows the margin in which the state secured the last House seat from Utah in the most recent round of congressional reapportionment.

The bureau in 2000 determined that Utah had been 900 persons short of gaining the last seat in the reapportioned House.

Associate census director Preston Jay Waite says a review of data for Chapel Hill, North Carolina, revealed that many students living in dormitories on the University of North Carolina campus there were double-counted.

The revision means Utah would need roughly 86 people to gain the seat instead of about 900.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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